The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 19, 1933 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, October 19, 1933
Page 12
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. P'AfiR TTVfil.VR Rr.YnTKVTUfi, (AUK.) rounircu .Continued from Page 0> old. ' I told her 1 was Hie proprietor, and she said 1 ought to Us nfi.iiJ running up and down trie river like I was. I went into A store house to work v.'hcn r \\riS just tall enough to cut ?. piece of calico. I tud lo have a InJJor to so up lo my shelves. That w:i= In Cibioii County—I stayed in Trent:)!), ihf comity sral. Aficr :i while we yot lo sellinfi wo'ja. Hat Ixm people ««v I'll 1 in tin 1 world an-J til' sU'iiiibo.T. |V}ople wore very little bolter. I twin here just ion? enough to lean) to swear frj!!i ihe Hat-boatmen, and 1 ^eiiorally '.;a:d what I thought. Tin- .slcamlna: men would jaw at me Just lo hear me talk, and 1 would jaw them back. 1 got into n fip.h'. with one of ilinn right here at Osn-oia on tile river l»nk. IX-Kotdiers Denied Vole We got, from $2.00 to f3.00 a fnr:l for our wood trial we sold to the stestmlmts. There were one or two running up and down here when 1 came here. The first steamboat I ever saw was at Smllhland. My fathei moved to Dyer county In 1521, and they were repairing a b3;H—puttinj,' a. cabin on a hull "<• a boat at smlllilaiul. My mother- in-law and all of our folks went up to see it. and me amongst, them It. was one thai, blew up below Nashville, and there was u pretty noted preached on board that got killed. They were ini.ilin;; [or him when we moved here, and '-hey found him in Hie river and took him to Smtlhla.'.d to bury him. He was hunt? to a little* bush over the river, and they laiuT'-fl the boat ilud got. his body. Tney had bocn running up and down the river looking for his body, as tlieie was a $200.00 reward (or him. Tliey lied him to o;ir Iraal and tloatcd him down. They wouldn't, lake him on'board because lie had been dead too long. We lelt him at Suiilh- land and Iris brother came and KOt h'im, but we didn't [;et any reward. it, was two or three years alter the. War before 1 was nl'.owcd to vote here. The Yankees wouldn't let any of us Confederates vote They said we had been in rebellion. They sent a fellow here lo register all who were not in the Army—they would let them vole but the others they wouldn't. Tliey sent u man by the name of Fitz- pairick to do the registering. He came here and then the real war. The ncgrces were all free, but UP had Ilicni pretty well under subjec- tion'until this fellow. FitzDalriok came here. • One dny we had o 111- tle barbecue up above town nnil Save the negroes a frolic. Filz- palrick rode up about one o'clock- ill the evening:, got down and hitched his horee. walked xip and look a ucaro wench by the arm and look iv reel. I said, "Old fellow. I'll be damned it you will last lone here if you commence (hat; you will have to do better than that." He •' stayed around here four or five days, but T didn't get to see him any' more until we had the -war with the negroes. He inquired for rr.e after that when lie was heie Someone said, "Charles. Judge Filz- palrick Is here 16 register us: he Is going lo register everybody, mid lie wants to see you." 1 snid. "I don'l know what he wants to see me for unless he wants fo buy me and II tie were'to name such a thing ns thai lo me, 1 would kick him." gueis (hey 'told him for he never inquired for me anymore. That was in 1870. Sheriff Slain Fitzpalrick professed to be afraid lo go around here among the pco pic—afraid Illey would kill him They offered to send a man to gi all around wilh him to see thai hi wasn't -molested but he wouWtt' accept it: but IK took six or sevci negroes around with him. and h would make a speech once in while, but wouldn't let anybody an sver him. In this war with (he nc gross there were about 350 negroc banded- lojelher. Fttzrmrick -lia them trained Just as well-as ever man had his dog or hone traiuc He could start out from here night and by morning nave th town full of neprccs wr.oopin; an hollering. He killed cur Shtrm Murray. That was alons in 187 are not twin? tj defend your town 1 won't slay with yon. I will i;o back home and defend that little piece of p.roiiml." I went home Liud :;nt ray RIIIIS oul anil nxed them up. iind niy son, (lector, nnd myself sat up until day. Then I loM him we would lay down and sleep n little b!t— that I reckoned there wukl Ije no trouble. l/itcr on wo went Into Uiwn— lilin and inc. 1 stopped fmlk a liule, and the men asked llrck. "Where Is your father?" He to!d (hem I was coming, and when I cot to ihr-in they bepan lo tell me we mustn't have n fuss. 1 wld, well. 1 am i:ot making any fuss. If yuu all ran ilantl It— stnnd ihclr look ,u<n,!,, : ; over you ,,art. ni.d . ncyrGC-s. NltOit came, on and then 1 got !:i> what few men I huel couldn't no any further in around heir I not up uboul CO. A [swamp. As quick as daylight ca".,., we started after them, i .thought! we hid them fiurroundcel and they' couldn't, net away, but I hey went through through we i cut one fellow in the buck v.nh ! corn and turned UK-jan ax. l don't know whut went and drove (hem t stock " nlltl out. out of tl.e cotton with oui Ijifcc after .Ijyliuhi a. while. It was about inn 1 or ten o'clock by then and I ',•,.is looking for a lot years. Then again I was lo office by Governor Hughes when nec wte dstumed nearly t wn here to Nriv nil around Ihc neck until lie bledhouse full of cotton to pick oul by a country ] couldn't get at night. We overlook after I cut'While we were up there Orleans. For passage on the boat.-, i: dried venison for bread and killed, \fier we moved here we 1 about Cfi «[ !h:m. The negroes had utnl- you had to pay so rnucl. them In [lie bend of Island 35, and »'o:i!cl .en of it. 1 can lull j''"' fuss. 1 " Then I nsk-1 " . u i;o home and i:el would fool along with tools that won't break. there on account of a sprinjc that to carry Dial to Little und he would Kel tlu'in in Iroublc. I told them if ihi-.v would put l-'ilxpalrle-k In Jail 1 would bind myself lo keep him there until Conn, and lliey then went out und not forty or fifty men to tell me they would guard the Jnll un- lil Court, but they never took him. lie then had u crowd of 150, or 200, or 30D negroes in town every week or two. w-hoopuig, hollertiu: and scariii); the people In death. Candidate Posipunrs Speech Eleciion was conilni; on and our rnmlfdule for Congress Iind written in here that he would be here on u cerlain (lav. :mtl old Fltz- ivatnck cot the letter and 1 dldnt know lie was here until the ne- "rrx's bcynn lo screech and yell. "e said lo me when I mel him, "Uowen, r cnnie liciv lo mnke u «i>cccli todiiv." and I told him he wa.s in a bad ulnce to make si 'ix'cch. None of our pconle. knew he was comlnq anel T told him nil he would have to make n speech >o would be about 300 lenorani 'iceroeu. Pilznnti-lck and two fel- ows named llimliu wi-rc here. The urilins both had belonged to the onfedernti' Army and had quit nd u r one to the Yankee. 1 ;. Nobodv in town except lhe few who ved there—none of the people rom the country knew he was omiixt lo make n speech. Our indidale said. "If voii say to iake*n succch. I will make it." nd I tolil him he could see lhe ituallon we were in. T loM him ! I had known he was comhiR I • ould hnve had men in here lo rotecl him. but as It was he .'onld either lie shol down or I hey rauld insult him, and 1 I old him didn't want to see cither. He hen said. "Well. I am In your muds, and will do what you say, nd I will say this to you; If yon vill nnrjoinl anv other day I will here." I lolcl him if'he did ome back 1 would see that lie. was TOlpclcd. Filznatrick and these wo Harding had n bass drum and ill their ncproes were iiiakinc n lie lot of unite .T was ro mad I ould Imve died lint T had lo take 1. Thev hollered up (o me and aid. "Well Bowen. you appear to ic having some [rouble." "Yes. T <\M, "there Is some—n little." This iiunncd fellow said, "Well, it will ie a pity to hnve nnothcr' riot 'ere and the Mililla, nnd perlinps bf- Government troops." and I old him I would rather hnve Ihc lovernmenl troops, and also have he Mililln, ns lo have a pnssel of enornnt negroes, nnd damned, in- r ernal ' Yankee scoundrels. I wns nlkincc to Hnrdln. and t told him 'You all think you have act u." scared, but von are mistaken, but we dtni't need any more fuss If we iran heln U. If yon got it up there is no telllm: where it will stop." There were two what they called Democrat-Republican Conservatives with our men nnd tliev were Mslc.ilns lo me talk wilh Hnrdln They had both been in the Arm} but were on our side then. The> ; ,iid It wns a pity they didn't have more old Bowcns — they would clean out these negroes." One of ihem tnlrl wmcbextv that old Bowen was a damned popular fellow to be as little as he is. NeRrocs Threaten TUMH Filzpalrick didn't stir when was in and about town. He stayed in the house. I tell you we had * rough lime then. Court met before the ncproes got to flshtinit nnd Fitzpalrick was tjoln? to take charee of lhe Court, and 1 had lotificd the Jury to come. I had dimmed if I cio.-l won't do it, sir." icame ilowi: He snitl. "Wi- will rend the riot net lo you." I .said. "You needn't lead It." He then said, "You will S''t your town burned mid llii- women mid children to be killed." I said, "1 have notified the women and children and they have Iind to (jet out." He .said it wouldn't do-we mustn't "Well." I .said, "1 , if they (jet started at • n off of the boat lo Rlvc-'aguln i W |I1 let them .sec. 1 see whipping;, and I sent him; nood many iias.'eiiRcrs, and if back nnd put him In bed for about; act in a fight, i win appeal to three weeks. He :i (mvertul I them dial f have a fali-'shnw nnd bully of a fellow—always cullliif; I think Ihi-re will be men eunuch nnd cuffing some, fellow oil the' lu Maud by me." They never said shore, and I, told him about it, n word to me, nnd when 1 wem to one day before this happened. I ijsiy my piissnuc the Cap' aln walk- told him we would like to encour- i-d around me nnd looked'hard to Niijxilean on a boat the river and finally got him, One nock, we of the Court officials got him I lived on Lhe river for years-then I moved out back to my farm in 1855. I killed three bears in my field right .soon after I moved—close to my house-one ;:iiul from there take a .stage coach When I cnnie here J went back.; to Little llock. The highest amount We moved down there nnd settled. I ever collected while I was Slier- I believe it was 40 or 50 miles to iff was $1.500.00. Sometime!) to (lie nearest settlement. My father i collect the (axes I liave gone from .,, s ,,,... .sold that hind finally. Some, other here to Bit' Luke—start..out and ; In (he years I have lived hem r man claimed to have a title to it.jride •"" "- fif'^» ..^i,,. —i _.. * —: - . u uuc * 'they met one day. had it run off, and divided itr-iook half and half. ride ten or fifteen miles and never have secii so many things chance see a house. I could' eu-siiy carry and so many—about all-of the the_i>apers_of my office in my hac old settlers gone that it mak head swim. es my his bwit to run here, but thnt II he hnd made ;i motion at •A as called the Old Noilli Carr in those days, fn IMS Clayton's he would Imve lo alter his ways of me. I would have cut him in two. claim. Used to be old land Brants. he could gel isloni; My father bough! 5.000 acres of Read Courier News Want Ads. or 1880, T think. They j.irt let him 'hesc men all fixed up. ready to go for he had liU negroes aro-md r P"'-e when I wauled them, and him and the peop!? were scared T told the Jury when thcv came to death. lo Court to bring Iheir side amis I lived back of town then, cut in wl ''h 'hem and when they got to the country, and I was cMnus into ' ' " town, when I met a negro comin- on a horse like Ire had been shot out. of hell. I said. -What's the malter?" and he said. "Mr Fitz- palrick has killed Mr. Murray, and I am going out to tell Mrs. Murray." i rode on inlo town and met some'ol my friends and said, "Men. ho*- did this hcppcn—did you take Pat iip?" They said they hadn't nnd I said, "Wiy In the devil tli,1- n'L you? I would have put him in Jail." They said he had his i\e- grocs and they would ict him out and tney would rob the town that night and bum it up I said, "Well are you going to make any preparation lo defend it?" and they said it wouldn't do lo have a fuss. I said "The devil! Do you intend to let a passel of damned negroes and Yankees come In here and kill you wives and children and your sher iff anrt nol do anything because you wou'.d have a fuss?" They salt they mustn't.flp anything because we would have iht Jiilltia back In here, have I told-them Milltl*,. I would ralhc-r . i then toW ihem, "WcU, jj you ' •' . ' . 'i own to 50 put them away some "here. That was on Sunday night, believe. That night these ne c.s collected from (lie south end of the county and everywhere •nd the next morning when the it tic boat landed about 75 negroes -an aboard the boat. Tliey were put on- opposite Randolph. That was the night Fitzpalrick killed the negroes hart ransack the lowii Murray, and threatened to and burn it. T wns going out horn, —iind invited some company oui with me to stny all night—anil had started home. One of my friends c^rnc lo me to know u i was going out. and I told him I had company I was going to lake out. He said. 1 wish you wouldn't." said. "What's the malter?" He sold "Tlie negroes told me they were going to burn my house and I am scared." I said, "If there Is anything to that I woni go. 1 wil send my son out with these mei and stay.' So I did. and had m> fcun brought In and I sat up there all night, and the next morning this little boat IJuet spoke of came up and landed at Osceola before daylight »nd. ttey sent u? wnrrt to COOKING FUN WHEN YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THE PROBLEMS OF HOUSEKEEPING YOUR QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED BY THE NOTED LECTURER •x< MRS. GEORGE THURN AT THE Courier News FREE COOKING SCHOOL AT City Hall Auditorium Tuesday—Wednesday Thursday—Friday October 24-25-26-27 If

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